The Fresh & Onlys return with new album Wolf Lie Down, share title track, still smell exceptionally fresh and singular after all these years!

The Fresh & Onlys return with new album Wolf Lie Down, share title track, still smell exceptionally fresh and singular after all these years!
Photo: James Cromwell Holden

You know, for most people most of the time, three years isn’t exactly a super-long time. For example: It’s been “been three years” since I’ve been to the dentist? Meh, I’m not too worried yet. “Three years” have magically elapsed since my last visit to the gym?? Phsst, that’s still no reason to cancel my membership! I’ve been “revising” that poignant short story about getting scarred for life by the animatronic gorilla at the ShowBiz Pizza Place for submission to The New Yorker for “over three years” now??? Well DUH. Genius takes time.

But when it comes to waiting around for new material from spastic, snotty crooner Tim Cohen and searing, chug-a-lug guitarist Wymond Miles of the San Fran-based, jangle-psych duo The Fresh & Onlys? Three years between albums the passage of time feels more like it does at a goddamn Catholic church midnight Easter mass: it’s a hellishly interminable ETERNITY.

Thankfully, the pair of weirdos has returned to rescue us from just that sort of miserable, church-like limbo with the triumphant announcement of Wolf Lie Down, their new album for the Sinderlyn label. Recorded “mostly at Miles’ home studio” with the assistance of former members Shayde Sartin and Kyle Gibson, original drummer James Kim, touring companion James Barone (of Beach House), and Bay Area “analog garage/psych vets” Kelley Stoltz (of Electric Duck) and Greg Ashley (of Creamery); the resulting eight tracks of “literate guitar-pop arcana,” “pastoral desert-noir,” and “damaged art-punk” will be winging our way July 25 on digital and (tantilizingly pre-orderable) CD, vinyl, and limited-edition clear vinyl. Hallelujah and shit!

And, to help us “kill time” in the forty-day interim between now and July 25 — ugh, which we’re now all INCREDIBLY WAY TOO CONSCIOUS of! — we can check out the speedy, steaming, paisley-embossed silver bullet of a title track down below. “Wolf Lie Down” is about four minutes long; so, if my math is right, we only have to listen to it about 14,400 times in a row, and the torturous wait will be over! Easy peasy.


Wolf Lie Down tracklisting:

01. Wolf Lie Down
02. One Of A Kind
03. Qualm Of Innocence
04. Walking Blues
05. Dancing Chair
06. Impossible Man
07. Becomings
08. Black Widow

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